There are a lot of options when it comes to the best gaming laptops in 2019. No matter lifestyle or budget, getting the most out of your favourite games is easy!

There’s nothing like a new gaming laptop that satisfies everything on your tech wish list: budget-friendly, looks and feels good, and has the hardware horsepower to play the games you want. Choosing a rig with the right hardware requirements for gaming can get tricky at times, especially when trying to stick to a budget.

This article outlines the best gaming laptops of 2019 you can buy at Walmart Canada today, with recommendations for different budgets. These buying tips will help you find the laptop of your dreams while meeting your budget, gaming demands, and technical requirements for your favourite games.

Featuring GeForce 10-series GPUs and high-powered Intel CPUs, new gaming laptops are becoming more powerful. With our guide, you’ll be jumping into Kings Canyon in Apex Legends, or exploring the open world of Anthem in no time!

Best Gaming Laptops 2019:

Affordable gaming laptops

  1. Acer Aspire 15.6″
  2. Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i5, 15.6″

Mid-range gaming laptops

  1. Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i7, 15.6″
  2. Asus TUF Gaming 17.3”
  3. HP Omen 15-DC0025CA, 15.6″

High-end gaming laptops

  1. HP Omen Intel Core i7-8750H 17.3”
  2. Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop
  3. MSI Gaming Laptop GS73 Stealth

Affordable gaming laptops

Having a portable gaming rig that is affordable is just as important as being able to run some of the hottest titles! This Acer laptop maintains the balance of not having to break the bank, and still run the latest games with modest requirements.

The Aspire laptop comes with an Intel Core i5 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150, and 1 TB of hard drive space. We recommend this rig for budget-conscious consumers still looking to jump into immersive experiences. The MX150 can deliver excellent performances for games like Hitman 2 and Rocket League.

Specs

  • 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U Quad Core 1.60 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HD
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Network (RJ-45), HDMI Output, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • Battery: up to 7 hours battery life
  • Weight: 4.85lbs

The Acer Nitro 5 Core i5 model is an affordable gaming laptop that has the hardware you need to find a great start in gaming. Featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, a mid-tier GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and a strong battery life. The Full HD display features an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel for superior graphics, plus ComfyView technology for anti-glare comfort.

While this laptop has the hardware chops to meet the recommended specs for many popular games, the trade-off comes in the form of raw processing power that can sometimes impact how quick your response times may be in online/multiplayer competitive gaming. We’d recommend this model for single-player or online games with minimum requirements such as Far Cry New Dawn, and Crackdown 3.

Specs

  • 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
  • IPS technology; ComfyView
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H Quad Core, 2.3GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 4GB GDDR5); Dedicated HDD
  • Storage: 1TB HD (up to 2TB)
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.0; 2 x 2.0; Network (RJ-45); HDMI 2.0; 1 x USB 3.1; Gen 1 Type-C
  • Battery: up to 7 hours battery life
  • Weight: 5.95lbs

Mid-range gaming laptops

This is the next step up in the Acer Nitro 5 lineup. The upgraded Intel Core i7-8750H CPU increases the processing cores from the i5 model to an i7 Hexa-Core. The extra graphics power comes from the slightly more powerful GTX 1050Ti, which means you can get those extra rich textures and shadows to immerse you in your gaming worlds. You’ll appreciate the added frames-per-second (fps) rate over that of the 1050.

With additional power and visual ‘smoothness,’ you can play medium-to-high graphically intense games, such as The Division 2, Apex Legends, and Fortnite, among others.

For only a few hundred dollars over the Core i5 Nitro 5 model (above), this laptop offers upgrades to some key hardware components while remaining a low budget, high-performance gaming laptop.

Specs

  • 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
  • IPS technology
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core (6 core), 2.2GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 12GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HD
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.0; 2 x 2.0; RJ-45; HDMI 2.0; 1 x USB 3.1; Gen 1 Type-C
  • Battery: up to 7 hours battery life
  • Weight: 5.95lbs

Entry level hardware can play most modern PC games with ‘okay’ results, but to achieve super smooth framerates on high graphics settings you need a machine with powerful processors. That’s where Asus’ TUF comes in.

This gaming laptop features a 6-Core i7 processor, GTX 1050ti GPU, backlit keyboard, 12GB of SDRAM, and a fantastic 17.3″ IPS display. This option is an ideal rig for gamers looking to play games with modest settings such as Metro Exodus, Fallout 76, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

Specs

  • 17.3″ FHD (1080p)
  • IPS Technology
  • Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7+8750H, 2.2GHz (Turbo up to 3.9GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050ti
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2666
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB 5400 rpm HDD
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1 x USB-A 2.0, 2 x USB-A 3.1, HDMI 2.0, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock
  • Weight: 5.75lbs
  • RGB Backlit Keyboard

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The HP Omen 15 is a serious contender for the best gaming laptop under $2,000. It offers a balance of budget and power. The Omen features an Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU, a powerful GTX 1060 GPU, and 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD of storage.

The 15.6″ display is stunning with an IPS anti-glare, WLED-backlit screen. The 1080p resolution and a micro-edge bezel is the cherry on top for a superior visual experience. Weighing in at 5.56lbs, it sits somewhere in the middle in terms of weight. If you’re just itching to play a demanding game like Fortnite, this is the gaming rig for you!

Specs

  • 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
  • IPS Anti-Glare Micro-Edge WLED-Backlit
  • Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, 2.2 GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
  • Storage: 1TB 7200 RPM HDD + 128GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2×2); Bluetooth 4.2 combo
  • Ports: Multi-format digital media card reader; 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x Thunderbolt 3; DisplayPort 1.2; 1 x Mini DisplayPort; 1 HDMI 2.0; RJ-45
  • Weight: 5.56lbs

High-end gaming laptops

Looking to invest in a no-nonsense gaming rig? You’ll find that this model will get you your money’s worth in power. Running off Intel’s i7 processor, this Omen laptop also comes packed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTZ 1060. On top of that, the 1 TB HDD and 256 GB SSD can help obtain smooth performances on even the most demanding titles.

If you’re like me and don’t usually like gaming laptops that go all out with flash and flair, the HP Omen series keeps it a bit more reserved with splashes of red. HP Omen also has a smaller 15.6” model which is a bit cheaper but provides gamers with the same power.

This is one of our highest recommended gaming laptops in the high-end category.

Specs

  • 17.3″ FHD (1080p)
  • IPS display with anti-glare
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8750H, 2.2GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB Dedicated
  • Memory: 12GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
  • Storage: 256GB + 1TB
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only); Mini DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 2.0; RJ-45; 1 x Headphone/microphone combo, 1 x Mic in
  • Weight: 8.33lbs
  • up to 12 hour battery life
  • Compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headset

ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line of laptops has always had the focus of enabling players to enhance their game’s performance. The Strix Scar II model goes that extra mile. Yet another model running off the Intel Core i7, the HyperThreading gives the CPU the ability to put light tasks in the background as it concentrates on powering heavier tasks such as image processing in games or multi-tasking.

If you are a content creator, or a Twitch streamer, having the ability to run multiple pieces of software, while not overheating your CPU is a must. Plus, you’re just playing a casual round of Apex Legends, who wouldn’t want to experience the game on a near-bezel less 15.6” display. The DS76 model is also a fantastic option as comes with 1TB of SSHD storage in addition to the 512 GB SSD for faster performance.

Specs

  • 17.3″ FHD (1080p)
  • 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Windows 10
  • Processor: 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, 2.2GHz (Turbo up to 3.9GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB PCIE NVMe SSD + 1TB SSHD (8GB Cache) FireCuda
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac; Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports: 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in combo jack, 1 x RJ-45, 1x HDMI, 1x mDP, 1x USB Type A 3.1, 1 x USB Type C, 3 x USB Type A 3.1, 1 x SD Card Reader
  • Weight: 6.4lbs
  • RGB Gaming Keyboard

The MSI Stealth a wide range of top-of-the-line features that any gamer would want! Loaded with Intel’s i7-8750H 6-core processor, and the GTX 1070 graphics card, you’ll be able to power high-performance games with great results. Fans of twitch-shooters and competitive multiplayer games should find the 120 Hz refresh rate, and 3ms response time quite satisfactory.

MSI’s Dragon Center enables users to customize their gaming experience, including an OC (over clock) Mode and Silent Mode. The Nahimic 3 built-in audio creates 3D surround sound for that extra bit of immersion for players. If you’re one to customize your gaming rig, the RBG keyboard allows colour customization on a per-key basis!

Specs

  • 17.3″ FHD (1080p)
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate + 3ms response time
  • Windows 10
  • Processor: 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB (SATA) 7200rpm
  • Wi-Fi Connection: Gigabit Wave 2 Wi-Fi (up to 1.73Gbps) with 2×2 802.11ac
  • Ports: 1 x Type-C, 2 x Type-A USB3.1 Gen1, 1 x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2, 1 x Type-A USB2.0, 1 x RJ45, 1 x SD, 1 x HDMI 1 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • Weight: 5.35lbs
  • Per-Key RGB Gaming Keyboard
  • Cooler Boost Trinity
  • VR Ready

From entry-level to high-end models, you will find the perfect gaming laptop for your needs on Walmart.ca. Gaming on the go is becoming easier and easier. Whether you’re a busy student wanting to jump into a quick  game during your downtime or looking to bring your rig where ever you go, these laptops will get you in the game!

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